How a handful of Cheerios made a difference on Valentine’s Day

Maplewood resident George Mularchuck’s Valentine’s Day tradition of presenting his wife, Jackie, with a heart made from Cheerios has continued since he moved into the Brighton home.

Maplewood resident George Mularchuck’s Valentine’s Day tradition of presenting his wife, Jackie, with a heart made from Cheerios has continued since he moved into the Brighton home.


‘I will remember this for the rest of my life,’ says resident

Thursday, February 27, 2014 — Deron Hamel

When Jackie Mularchuck was at Maplewood visiting her husband George on Valentine’s Day she got a huge surprise when she was presented with a heart-shaped handful of Cheerios on a table.

It had been a long-standing tradition for George to arrange Cheerios into a heart every Feb. 14, but this had not happened since George moved into the Brighton long-term care home a little more than a year ago.

The surprise came about when personal support worker (PSW) Roxanne Wills asked Jackie what sorts of things George would do for her on Valentine’s Day. Jackie told her about the Cheerios tradition. Jackie always helps staff members during her visits. While she was folding napkins, George and Roxanne snuck into the kitchen to get Cheerios and arrange them into a heart shape.

Jackie says she was “thrilled” that Wills had taken time to help George with the Valentine’s Day gesture, and she admits she was overcome with emotion when she discovered what the pair was up to.

The moment, she says, will leave a lasting impression on her, as receiving heart-shaped Cheerios is something Jackie looks forward to every Valentine’s Day.

“I broke down and George broke down and Roxanne broke down,” Jackie laughs. “I have a lot of friends and family on Facebook, so the next day I told everyone about what this special PSW had done for my husband and I. I will remember this for the rest of my life.”

While Jackie was touched that a staff member went the extra mile for her and George on Valentine’s Day, she says the gesture is part and parcel with what she has come to expect from the Maplewood team.

Since George moved into the home, Jackie says she’s been happy with the care he receives and his quality of life.

“The staff here at Maplewood are exceptional,” she says. “I don’t ever worry about George while he’s here.”

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